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Description - We Were Each Other's Prisoners by Lewis H. Carlson

During the Second World War, Germany captured nearly 94,000 American soldiers, while the Allies shipped almost 380,000 Germans to the United States. We Were Each Others Prisoners compares, for the first time ever, stories of POWs from both sides of the conflict: From the anti-Nazi German soldier who tried desperately to turn himself in rather than fight for Hitler, to the U. S. prisoner who thrice escaped his German captorsthe last time to join Russian troops in the Battle of Berlin, to the Jewish-American prisoner who was sent to a slave labor camp. Culled from more than 150 interviews with 35 American and German surviving POWs, the book addresses larger political and psychological issues: What does it mean to be a prisoner, especially for men whose cultures prize individual heroism? Why did conditions differ so dramatically in American and German camps? How were these men received upon their return to their homeland? How have they coped with the long-term effects of incarceration?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465091232
ISBN-10: 0465091237
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 5-Jun-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lewis H. Carlson

Lewis H. Carlson is professor of history and director of American Studies at Western Michigan University.

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